HOPS – now open!

Relax and enjoy a selection of local and national craft beers on tap in the Zoo’s new beer garden. See the menu here.

Excitement is brewing at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for Hops, the Zoo’s new craft beer garden. Local breweries from Fifty West, High Grain, MadTree, Braxton and Three Points partner to bring local brews to the Zoo.

In addition to the great selection of local craft beers, Heidelberg Distributing will offer a national rotating tap with Goose Island (Chicago, IL), Breckenridge (Breckenridge, CO), Elysian (Seattle, Washington) and Golden Road (Los Angeles, CA).  There are also plenty of new food offerings as well including artisanal flat bread pizzas, oven-roasted meatballs and marinara, caprese salad, oven-fired chicken wings, roasted cauliflower and shareable pub pretzels and beer cheese.  Grab and go menu items will be available for visitors who would rather snack as they stroll around the Zoo. The deck, which seats 130 and can be booked after-hours corporate events as well.

Sustainability is important. Hops is going for a 4-star rating from the Green Restaurant Association for Hops. Food operation will be disposable free, with real silverware and plates instead of single-use plastics.  We’ll grow our own herbs, and source produce, cheeses and meats locally.



New: The Grove

Kick back on the brick patio at The Grove and enjoy a one of a kind dining experience at one of our four mobile food concepts.

Taco Caja

Stop by Taco Caja to try out our traditional soft tacos featuring barbacoa, chicken tinga, fish or fried cauliflower. Taco Caja also features Nacho’s, Chips & Guacamole, and Valentina tossed Pork Rinds to satisfy your cravings any time throughout your visit.

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The Coop

Fly by The Coop for hand breaded chicken tenders alongside tater tots. Or step outside the box with Chicken Tender Poutine featuring layered sweet potato fries, topped with maple gravy, and finished with Kenny’s Farmhouse cheese curds.

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Wild Burger

Set up camp at Wild Burger and try one of our fondue topped burgers. Dive into our twist on the classic American cheeseburger or take your taste buds on an adventure with our Maple Goetta Fondue burger. There’s something for everyone!

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Sweet Retreat

Cool off at Sweet Retreat with your choice of delectable desserts! Your choice of soft-serve ice cream, ICEE’s, fountain drinks, and cold draft selections!

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Restaurant Dining

Base Camp Cafe

Take a break from the elements in our traditional café while dining inside or enjoying views of the African Savannah while on the back patio. Serving All-American classics including hand-breaded chicken tenders, LaRosa’s pizza, seasonal salads and deli sandwiches, and grilled burgers. Multiple kids’ choices make this stop a crowd pleaser for the entire family.

The Base Camp Cafe has been rated the “Greenest Restaurant in America” by the Green Restaurant Association!  Sustainability Features (pdf)

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Your neighborhood family pizzeria. Have a slice of Cincinnati’s classic LaRosa’s cheese or pepperoni pizza or grab a whole pie for the family.

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Casual Dining


Grab your choice of salty or sweet snack and cold beverages at Tuskers. Our selections include Bavarian style pretzels, cotton candy, popcorn, ICEE’s, soft drinks and draft selections.

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The Outpost features your choice of light snacks and cold drinks! ICEE’s, soft drinks, and cold beer pair great with a Bavarian style pretzel.

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Feeling Good, it’s Skyline Time! Serving famed Cincinnati-style chili on your choice of cheese coney’s or chili-cheese fries.

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Snacks and Desserts


Cincinnati’s favorite ice cream founded in 1870. Try a cup or waffle cone of a variety of flavors including the well-known Black Raspberry Chip or a crowd favorite Chunky Chunky Hippo, crafted to highlight our favorite family destination, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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Dippin Dots

The perfect way to cool down with Dippin’ Dots frozen desserts. Served in a variety of cool and tasty flavors at locations near our Main Entrance, the Safari Train, and across from LaRosa’s.

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Savannah Soft Serve

Chill out at Savannah Soft Serve with a cup or cone of vanilla or blueberry ice cream. Top with sprinkles or be a little adventurous and twist them up for a one-of-a-kind treat.

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Grab a Mike-sell’s snack, the official snack food of the Cincinnati Zoo. Call (513) 559-7763 to order.

Plastic Bags Have Gone Extinct

We are Plastic Bag Free as part of our ongoing Green initiative.

Did you know?  The world is facing a Plastic Bag Pandemic:

  • Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide.
  • About 2 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world.
  • Americans use and throw away 100 billion plastic bags every year.
  • Only 3-5% of plastic bags get recycled.
  • The average American family takes home 1,500 plastic bags a year.

Bring Your Own Bag: Do your part for the planet and bring your own reusable bag or purchase your Zoo-themed reusable tote from the gift shop for only $1.99. Thank you for helping us be the #GreenestZooInAmerica!